December 02, 2006
The report recommends an energy policy that increases supplies, encourages conservation, searches for alternatives to fossil fuels (especially diesel), and seeks to achieve energy self-sufficiency by 2025.
"I am very pleased that Nels has moved the ball forward on energy issues in a very short timeframe," Murkowski said. "Without a doubt, affordable, safe energy in our rural areas is the one over-arching issue to which every family can relate. This interim report should provide a solid foundation upon which the incoming administration and the Legislature can formulate a realistic and workable energy policy for all Alaska."
The interim report makes the following general policy statements:
"In my first year in office, we recognized how critical it would be to address the high cost of energy in rural Alaska," Murkowski said. "We created the Rural Energy Action Council, whose number one recommendation was to fully fund the Power Cost Equalization endowment, which we accomplished with the Legislature this spring. Nels' report is the next step forward in this ongoing effort to bring down the cost of energy in rural communities."
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